Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) and guard Christian James (3) leave the court after their NCAA college basketball game with Baylor, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Waco, Texas. Oklahoma won 82-72. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)
Rod Aydelotte
January 25, 2016

Oklahoma, despite losing to Iowa State last week, remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Unlike last week, when the Sooners were a unanimous No. 1, North Carolina is a close second.

Oklahoma (16-2) received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday, seven more than the Tar Heels (18-2), who remained second.

Iowa jumped from ninth to third, the Hawkeyes' highest ranking since January 1987. They were followed by Kansas and Texas A&M, which is at its highest ranking ever. Villanova, Xavier, Maryland, West Virginia and Providence round out the Top Ten.

Wichita State, Oregon and Notre Dame - all of whom have been ranked during the season - are the week's newcomers replacing Butler, Southern California and South Carolina.

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